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Test your sleep health knowledge

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How well do you sleep on an average week? If you aren’t sure, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you ever fall asleep in class or at your computer?
  • Do you watch the clock as you struggle to fall asleep?
  • Do you routinely procrastinate and then pull all-nighters to meet your deadlines?

Sleep is an important part of a healthy self-care routine which also includes nutritious food, exercise, and mindfulness. Research shows that all-nighters and skipping sleep can impact your academic performance. Consistently getting an optimum amount of sleep is a way that you can do your best academically.

Spending time in nature to increase your wellness

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Spending time outside can increase both your physical and mental wellness. A UK study which challenged people to do something outside for 30 days in a row found that “there was a scientifically significant increase in people’s health, happiness, connection to nature and active nature behaviours, such as feeding the birds and planting flowers for bees – not just throughout the challenge, but sustained for months after the challenge had been completed.”[i] Your time in nature doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive. Keep reading for some ways to spend mindful moments outside.

Study break exercises you can do at a desk

cartoon woman doing yoga

When you are focused on studying or getting that latest assignment done, it can be easy to sit down and look up only to see several hours have passed without noticing. But long periods of sitting have been shown to be detrimental to both our physical and mental health. Try to take a physical activity break at least once an hour with these exercises that can be done at or near your desk.

Grocery shopping tips

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When you keep your kitchen stocked with healthy food, you’re more likely to eat better, so shop for groceries regularly. Before you go, have your menu planned and shopping list written out. One more thing: don’t shop with an empty stomach!

FAQs About Workshops, Seminars, and Group Therapy

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Campus Wellness offers a variety of ways for you to learn different life skills and personal development opportunities. Within our departments, there are many different ways that you can participate including Seminars, Workshops, Group Therapy, and Online Learning.

Stress Management Tips for Grad Students

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Stress is defined by the American Psychological Association as any uncomfortable emotional experience accompanied by predictable biochemical, physiological, and behavioural changes. We know that some stress can be motivational to help get through situations like deadlines; however, an extreme amount of stress can be psychologically and physically debilitating. Graduate students face a unique set of stressors, keep reading to find out more about key themes graduate students might face and strategies for managing them.

How to plan healthy meals

Salmon fillet with salad

Juggling the demands of school, social life, jobs, volunteer work, etc.? Planning ahead will make it easier to eat healthy meals while also saving you money and time. The few minutes it takes to plan your meals for the coming week are well worth the effort. Keeping your kitchen stocked with the basics will make it easy to prepare a quick, energy-packed meal. Meal planning is easy when you follow these simple steps.

Easy ways to add a little meditation to your life

Water lily in a pond

Meditation and practising mindfulness can help you when you are in or approaching stressful situations. Taking time to calm your mind can not only help you during times of stress but can also help feel more even-keeled in your day-to-day life. The great thing about meditation is that you can practice it virtually anywhere and it doesn’t require a big monetary investment to get in to.

Keep reading to find some easy meditations you can do in 15 minutes or less throughout your day.

Tips for Better Sleep

Tips for Better Sleep - uwaterloo.ca/campus-wellness/blog

Do you ever fall asleep in class or at your computer? Do you watch the clock as you struggle to fall asleep? Do you routinely procrastinate and then pull all-nighters to meet your deadlines? Unfortunately research shows that all-nighters and skipping sleep are not helpful for academic performance. Consistently getting an optimum amount of sleep is a way that you can do your best academically.

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